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PRUNUS persica 'Babcock'

Image of Prunus persica 'Babcock'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PRUNUS persica 'Babcock'

Plant Common Name

Babcock Peach, Peach, White Freestone Peach

Special Notice

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General Description

A white peach enjoyed fresh is never so sweet as the moment it is picked, making them very worthwhile to grow at home. White flesh is non-acidic, containing the highest sugar content that rapidly declines. It descends from the wild peach, a small deciduous tree native to China where it has been cultivated since ancient times, then gradually traveled west into Europe. The peach tree produces a small branched canopy of bright green lance shaped leaves that turn yellow in the fall. While it requires significant chilling for good crops, trees are not very hardy and therefore are grown in a narrower climatic band than other stone fruits. The flowers and fruit is also vulnerable to damage by late spring frosts due to its relatively early bloom time.

Babcock flesh is snow white and non-acidic, wrapped in a heavily red blushed skin. It is a freestone peach, with the flesh easily falling away from the pit but as a white peach it is rarely canned. In spring the trees burst into a haze of pink, fragrant five petal flowers. As a self-fertile tree, an abundant crop of medium sized fruits will mature by midsummer. Peach trees need full sun and fertile well-drained soil and should be pruned annually while dormant. The most limiting factor to growing peaches is problems with peach leaf curl, a weather related moisture disease that distorts the new growth in spring.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fruit

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    5'-25' / 1.5m - 7.6m

  • Width

    5'-25' / 1.5m - 7.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Peach

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Corky

  • Usage

    Container, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes